How do you communicate love?
In this day and age of communication breakthroughs we have a lot of means to communicate. The media has grown from exchanging letters by horseback to sending emails, text messages by the click of a button and further to seeing your friends or relatives from miles away via video call. And yet, we seem to have difficulty communicating love.
Sometimes it is too easy to say words, or too easy to do acts of love, but the message doesn’t seem to come across. Men may relate to how difficult it is to muster up enough courage to get across to a lady and declare their feelings for her. Sometimes no words would even come out. There’s a barrage of fears and tears. Society dictates that men should be the first to make the move. Although I think this is still debatable, the influence of society remains strong. That’s why books get published on how to communicate love, how to get a girl, how to’s and self helps. Yet most of the time nothing happens.
For someone who is supposed to be an “expert” in communicating or helping people communicate, the same problems baffle me. I later found out that even words or actions cannot fully express love.
In his letters to Thessalonians, Paul expressed his love in a different way. Like a doting father to a growing teenage son, Paul wrote how proud he was of his boy and what he wanted his child to be in the future.
He was all praises to the Thessalonians. A lot of them have turned from their idols and served the living God. These Christian men and women of Thessaloniki have been burning bright lights of the Lord in their area and even abroad. The Christian presence in Thessaloniki has become famous throughout the Roman empire.
However, Paul also wished that the people will not be contented with where they already are. In our time, discontentment may lean more towards materialism. Paul instead tells them not to be contented in a different note. He tells them that while you are doing a good job in spreading the Christian message through the world, do not stay contented with just that. Not just to know Christ but to really be in meaningful relationship with Him. Not just praying when things get tough, but praying even when nothing is happening. Not just serving His cause and His mission, but living in His presence in all days.
“Meeting God is very different from being taught about God.”
“May the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you to the end he may establish your heards blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord with all his saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12
“One of the strongest evidences of true conversion is love to God and man. Those who accept Jesus as their redeemer have a deep and sincere love for others of like precious faith. Thus it was with the believers at Thessalonica. “as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you; for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one to another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia; but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet and do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may lack nothing.”
When we try to communicate love, we ought not to be contented with just telling or showing people. We ought not just to give our time, gifts, effort, and devotion to people. When we communicate love, the best and most effective way is to communicate Christ.
Paul’s reminder to us is one of discontentment with our spritual lives. We need to have that eternal hunger for God’s love and guidance. His second message to us Is one of preparation. We ought to be prepared to receive what God has for us – salvation. Paul’s message of love is one that would give us hope, and improve our faith. His message is a message of God’s eternal love for us. Whether we are under fire or rain, God’s love remains eternal for all of us.
In the end, the best way to communicate love to someone is to communicate God’s love for everyone.